THE BLUB, THE DAD & THE UGLY
3 WORLD CUP MOMENTS WE CAN’T FORGET
1. GASCOIGNE’S TEARS
Paul “Gazza” Gascoigne had plenty of memorable moments at Italia 90. The emotional Geordie spearheaded England’s run to the semi-finals. But against West Germany, the dream fell apart. An innocuous clash ended with Thomas Berthold rolling on the floor, the ref waving a yellow card and Gazza in tears, knowing the booking ruled him out of playing any part in the final.
2. BEBETO ROCKS THE BABY
Brazilian striker Bebeto provided one of the tournament’s most enduring images with his touching goal celebration in 1994. His wife had given birth to his son Mattheus just before his departure for the USA. After netting in the quarter-final win over Holland, he ran to the sideline and rocked an imaginary baby to sleep. His son, now 23, is a footballer, playing for Sporting Lisbon.
3. DUTCH OR PHLEGM-ISH?
The rivalry between Holland’s Frank Rijkaard and Germany’s Rudi Voller boiled over in stomach-churning fashion at Italia 90. After a series of bad tempered run-ins, Rijkaard decided to get something off his chest... and spat it into Voller’s mullet. Tired of the pair’s clashes, the ref sent both for an early bath – which Voller was presumably glad of when Rijkaard again expectorated into his barnet on the way to the tunnel. Pass the shampoo.